White Pocket

Typical White Pocket view...

A typically exceptional White Pocket vista…


Mid-March 2015. After a day of hiking around the North Coyote Buttes and the Wave, I decided to break my camp at Stateline Campground on the Arizona / Utah border and strike out for the White Pocket – another stunning and far-flung location in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument…

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Some Updates…

So I haven’t updated this blog in a while but it is by no means forgotten. When I started this blog I had quit my job to ramble around the southwest in my truck and cross some line-items off my bucket-list. Before that I had oscillated between freelance and staff positions in the 3d graphics \ VFX \ Design industry. About a year ago I went from freelancing back to a staff position and am finding it harder to update this blog as often as I would like, not to mention harder to get out there and explore. Work is a time-vacuum that keeps me busy and stressed so free time is either spent outdoors or vegging out to unwind. I’m finding that work-life balance is a bit of a snipe hunt. Nonetheless I still have a massive backlog of trips and photos that I want to share and just last week I returned from a backpacking trip to Havasupai followed by canyoneering in Zion with friends. I hope to write about it within the next month or two…

I’ve got a post on White Pocket on the way but in the meantime I’m posting more these days on Instagram and that’s probably the best place to check out any recent shares. And that’s that.

Antelope Canyon and Waterholes Canyon: Amazing Southwest Slots

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Close quarters in Waterholes Canyon…

On an Antelope Canyon photography tour you are guided around in a tight pack, told exactly where to stand (or where to crouch, as is often the case), and told exactly what to photograph before moving onto the next composition. All of this occurs while crowds of non-photo tourists are held out of frame for the time it takes to release the shutter before they are released to continue pulsing through the narrow canyon. It is a strictly managed, totally “on rails” ride-experience swarming with people. And it is totally worth it…

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24 hours in Buckskin Gulch

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Probing one of the deeper sections in Buckskin Gulch…


Sometime in the early afternoon of June 5th 2015 I found myself in the backcountry of southwest Utah, wedged in the nook of a slickrock outcropping to avoid the hail falling and lightning striking around me. From my precarious position I had a reluctant front-row seat at the center of an early monsoonal thunderstorm on the Colorado Plateau. Torrents of water and pea-sized hail smacked against my rain gear, managing to sneak in and soak me as I squatted on a foam pad to insulate myself from contact with the ground in case of any unlucky lightning strikes. Curiously I crouched here with a sense of relief, because my situation at that particular moment represented an escape from a much more immediate threat – I had just climbed out of the narrow slot of Buckskin Gulch and sat watching torrents of water flood into it from above.

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North Coyote Buttes and The Wave

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Inside the Grotto (or The Temple) on Top Rock in the North Coyote Buttes, AZ…


At the end of the day my GPS read 16.7 miles – the grand total of my hike to, from, in and around The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes, AZ. That I even made the hike to begin with was entirely due to chance. The previous day I had been one of the lucky winners of the North Coyote Buttes walk-in permit lottery in Kanab, UT, and I’m still in disbelief.

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